Toy Recalls: Little Tikes and Toy Cars

Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of about 1.7 million Little Tikes toy tool sets and trucks, due to the potential choking hazard from the toy nails. This is the second time that the toy nails have been recalled.

The current voluntary recall involves another eleven models of Little Tikes’ Workshop and tool sets. The toy nails are about 3-1/4 inches (8 cm) long by 1-1/4 inch (3 cm) in diameter. They are red or blue and have a large round head. Below the nail head, there is a plastic ridge that is slightly smaller than the nail head, and about an inch in diameter. The CPSC has provided the models, complete with a picture of the toy, for easier determination of the recalled toys.

Sadly, this was not the only toy recall yesterday. The CPSC also recalled a number of toy cars because of contains excessive levels of lead. You can understand the mistake: we have only understood the risks associated with lead and children for, you know, 40 years now.

The affected recalled toy cars are found in packages of four or six toy cars, which are painted in silver, black or blue, and have red stickers with “super,” “max” and “racing” labeled on the top and sides of the cars. The 4″ plastic car sets have item numbers “43835” and “43836” printed on a white label on the back of the cardboard packaging. “Gallop X” or “RACING CARS” is also printed on the product packaging. The recalled toy cars were sold exclusively at Mega Wholesale stores throughout Miami, Florida from September 2010 through January 2011. The CPSC has also provided pictures of these recalled toys. You can see pictures of these cars here and here.

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